X-rays negative, Phillips in lineup vs. Brewers

X-rays negative, Phillips in lineup vs. Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- X-rays taken Thursday on the sore right index finger of second baseman Brandon Phillips were negative. Diagnosed with a contusion, and having been examined by the team's medical staff before and after batting practice, Phillips was in the lineup, batting fourth, on Friday vs. the Brewers.

In the sixth inning of Thursday's 4-1 win over the Dodgers, Phillips fielded a Yasiel Puig grounder for a potential double play.

The ball caught Phillips' finger, he bounced the flip to shortstop Zack Cozart and the Reds settled for one out. In the eighth inning, Phillips was lifted for pinch-hitter Ryan Ludwick.

"He had a lot of swelling in that at-bat he had after he injured his finger," manager Bryan Price said. "It was very painful. He could have stayed in that game to play defense. Because we got to his spot in the order, I decided to make that change and hit there."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.